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Bulgaria: Protesters block Parliament, trapping ministers and legislators inside

Police in Bulgaria have used force against demonstrators who tried to prevent them from evacuating ministers and lawmakers trapped inside Parliament. Four people were injured.

Anti-government protests in the capital, Sofia, that have been going on for 40 days escalated Tuesday evening as several hundred demonstrators trapped the officials inside Parliament in a bid to oust the left-leaning government.

A bus arrived at Parliament to escort the officials out, but protesters refused to let the vehicle leave, forming a human chain and hurling stones at it.

Demonstrators shouted "Murderers!" as dozens of police in full riot gear pushed and clubbed them to clear a path for the bus, but after an hour or so the vehicle had to return to the building.

The people hurt included some with head injuries.